任克達、任麥雅麗代禱信2019年5月

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        感謝主,四月份有兩位姐妹受浸歸入基督。黃姐妹在中國福建省出生,從小就不喜歡偶像祭拜的事。她在中國時,有一位基督徒姐妹主動無償的幫助她出國,至今她還是不明白那位姐妹為何願意幫助她。她在信主前是一個脾氣暴燥的人,行事為人都以自我為中心,做事時又缺乏自信,很不快樂。後來,有一位信主的阿姨常來關心她,和她講有關上帝的事和基督的信仰。她的感觸很深,慢慢也能體會真道,並且對照自己的行為反省,願意順從真理而行。信主之後,她的脾氣改變不少,不再動不動就發怒氣,自信心也增強,願意努力嘗試,也學會了將自己的重擔交託给上帝掌管。現在她能理解別人,對人關心,對生活和前景充滿盼望。黃姐妹的經歷提醒我們,若有能力幫助有需要的人,千萬儘力去做。另外,我們應該儘力將聖經真理與人分享,撒下真理的種子。

        認識孫姐妹已有十五、六年,但是,很少有機會能和她交談,談信仰只有一,兩次。在信主之前,她是一個心靈很空虛、人生道路曾有不少波折的單親媽媽。幸好,她經營的事業小有成就,能供應兩個孩子的生活及學費。她雖然事業有成,但是心靈卻沒有歸屬感,沒有依靠,以致她生活、言語及行為隨波逐流,離開上帝很遠,甚至不敢尋求上帝。但是,神從來沒有忘記她。她的生活圈中有一位姐妹一直對她很有負擔,許多年來,一直關心她,用愛心接近她,和她做朋友,並且邀請孫姐妹去聚會。其實在孫姐妹心中,她也一直期盼能有機會脫離舊生活,得到主耶穌的真愛。她分享提到她真的感受到主耶穌對她的愛,願意與上帝坦誠相交,將心交給上帝。就這樣,她信了主。她信主後,心裡就常常充滿喜悅,她要感恩,要用她的行為見證主已經住在她心中,她要榮耀主,要照著主的意思去生活。孫姐妹的見證提醒我們,世界上有許多的人盼望脫離罪的綑綁,有人落在空虛之中,無法自拔。他們需要被愛和關心,求主給我們有敏銳的心,關心別人的需要。

        前幾個星期我們途經布鲁芳登,順便探訪那裡的弟兄姐妹,多年沒見面,人事有一些變遷,有一些舊友已經遷離,有一些的舊友仍然一起查經聚會。雖然經過不少的滄桑,但神保守屬於祂的人。「耶和華的眼目看顧敬畏祂的人,和仰望祂慈愛的人。」(詩三十三18)現今教會以福清來的弟兄姐妹為主體;感謝神,有福清青年人參與教會的事工,神也興起靈性成熟、年紀較長的福清弟兄姐妹承擔起附近城鎮福音小組及主日教導的工作,求主使用那裡服事的同工興旺福音。

        我們有機會去探望安娜麗姐妹,她是南非荷蘭更正教會Jan長老的太太,我們多年事工的夥伴。三十年前布鲁芳登的華人教會就是從他們的家開始,他們一直愛心服事華人社區。因為他們的服事,許多華人信主。安娜麗姐妹胃癌復發,已停止化療,進入安寧靜養。我們見到她時,她精神奇佳,平靜安詳如常,和我們快樂的交談,關心我們的家庭和事工近況。Jan長老還開玩笑説他妻子安娜麗姐妹的天國簽證已經準備好了,現在等待登機。他們有著在主裡永遠的平安。之後,我們為她祈求,求主恩待她和她全家。怕影響她休息,我們就向她道别。我們沒悲傷,因為我們確信在天國裡還要與她相見!

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 請為安娜麗姐妹安寧靜養代禱,求主看顧恩待她,也安慰Jan長老及他的全家。
  2. 感謝神,慕道友黃姐妹和孫姐妹已經受浸歸主。求主保守她們的信心,引領她們靈命繼續成長。
  3. 請為教會的楊弟兄手傷代禱,現在仍在復健醫療中,求主保守他的手能完全康復。
  4. 請為張弟兄患焦慮症的女皃代禱,她近況已經好很多,但仍在治療中,求主保守她。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

 

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一九年五月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Praise the Lord!  Two sisters were baptized in April.  Sister Huang was born in the Fujian Province of China.  She rejected idol worship since she was a little girl.  When she was in China, a Christian lady paid for all her expenses so she could go overseas.  Until now, it is still a mystery to her!  She used to be a bad-tempered person, very self-centered but seriously lack of self-confident and was very unhappy.  Then she met an older Christian lady who showed kindness towards her and told her about God and the Christian faith.  She was deeply moved, started to comprehend the truth and gradually changed her ways.  After she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, she became a lot calmer, no longer as quick-tempered, more self-confident and not afraid to attempt new things.  She also learnt to put her trust in the Lord, to put herself in other people’s shoes and to care about other people.  She now views life with hope!  This really encourages us to continue to do good to others, share the truth and sow the seed of the gospel whenever the opportunity arises.

        We knew Sister Sun for more than 15 years but did not have many chances to talk to her.  There were only once or twice that we were able to share the gospel with her.  Before she accepted Christ, she had no purpose in life.  She is a single mom with two children.  Even though she has a successful business and is able to support her children abundantly, she used to feel empty and insecure.  As a result, she followed the way of the world.  She knew she was far away from God but was afraid to approach Him.  God never forgets her!  A sister in Christ had a burden to help her.  She remains a trusted friend to her over the years and invites her to Bible studies.  Sister Sun longed to leave her way of life and experience the love of Christ.  God is faithful!  She experienced His love when she came to Him truthfully and opened her heart to Him.  Now she is full of joy and thanksgiving.  She is determined to glorify Him by living a godly life!  Sister Sun’s testimony truly reminds us that there are many in the world that wish to be free from the bondage of sin and are looking for the purpose of life.  May we be sensitive to other people’s needs and show them God’s love.

        A few weeks ago, we traveled through Bloemfontein and visited some brothers and sisters that we had not seen for years.  Some had already moved away, and we met others at their Bible study.  Each person had been through different hardship of lives, yet God was with them through it all.  “But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” (Ps. 33:18)  The church’s current congregation is mainly from Fuqing.  We thank God that some of them have been actively serving in the church; a few of them are also involved in outreach missions in nearby cities as well as leading Bible studies and preaching.  May the Lord continue to bless their service for the gospel.

        We also paid a special visit to Sister Annali.  Her husband, Jan, was of one of the elders at the Bloemfontein Dutch Reformed Church.  They were instrumental in establishing the Chinese church some 30 years ago.  They love the Chinese, and many came to know Christ because of them.  Sister Annali just experienced a relapse of her stomach cancer.  The doctor had stopped all treatment, and she just moved back to her own home.  When we saw her, she was calm and in good spirit.  She was keen to know how we were doing and wanted to hear all the updates of our ministries.  Elder Jan even joked that Sister Annali already got her visa and was waiting to board her flight for the Kingdom of God.  They were full of the eternal peace in Christ!  We said our last goodbye after we prayed for her and her family.  There was no sadness, because we knew we would see each other again in heaven someday!

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for Sister Mei. They had made a commitment to operate their new business honestly and legally.  Please pray for all the preparation in starting the new business and for them in finding a suitable auditor and a good employee.
  2. We praise the Lord for Sister Jie Ying who accepted Christ as her personal Savior. We have arranged for her to attend Basic Christianity classes and for her baptism.  Please pray for her continued faith and growth in the Lord.
  3. Please pray for complete recovery for Brother Yang.
  4. Please pray for Brother Zhang’s daughter. She is suffering from anxiety disorder, and this last year of high school causes more stress on her.  Please ask for comfort and peace from the Lord as well as effectiveness of her medication.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

       今年五月八日南非舉行了每五年一度的總統大選,全國二千多萬人投票選出省議員和國會議員,並以國會中得票最高的黨派領導人出任總統一職,最後由南非最大黨派非洲民族議會(ANC)黨魁拉馬福薩M.C.Ramaphosa當選,成為新一任南非總統。

       南非自1994年取消種族隔離後,拉馬福薩為第六任的南非總統。雖然種族隔離終結了廿五年,然而根據世界銀行資料顯示,南非是全球財富分配最不平等的國家,全國資源的71%竟然掌握在最富裕的百分之十的人手中,可見貧富懸殊之大。求主憐憫這個國家,賜新總統有智慧帶領南非向上,著眼於就業和經濟問題,從而讓南非真正迎來改革和進步。

       四月廿七日至五月五日莊祖鯤牧師在南非舉行了巡迴佈道會及培靈會,一共到過三個城市,莊牧師透過經文鼓勵信徒要更新變化,追隨主基督。感謝主,雖然是短短九天的時間,每場聚會都有來自不同教會的弟兄姊妹和新朋友參加,大家得蒙造就,激勵和提醒,正如聖經所說:「萬軍之耶和華說:『不是倚靠勢力,不是倚靠才能,乃是倚靠我的靈方能成事。』」(撒迦利亞書四6下)

       數算主恩,轉眼間又完成了一期的服事,每一段路都有神帶領我們走過的足印,無論是生活的經歷,事奉的起跌,宣教路上種種挑戰,我們將於6月3日至8月2日回香港工作匯報,期待在港期間與您們分享,也請預留時間出席6月25日的異象分享會。

       祝 事主得力!

國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎
2019年5月20日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,於4月19日晚上在東倫敦舉行的復活節聚會順利進行,我們與多位信徒一同唱詩讚美,一同思想記念基督的受難和復活。會後,又一同聚餐、談天、見證主,願主的福音能在東倫敦繼續傳開。當地兩個華人批發城內,有不少國內孩子在周六周日及假期到處跑,父母沒空照顧他們。所以父母渴望我們設立中文學校,能讓子女每周六學習中文。只因路途遙遠,我們沒法兼顧服事這個福音禾場,求神呼召合適的人回應這需要。

        感謝主,得到Grahamstown孔子學院院長的支持,派出了一名老師作中文學校義務短期支援。這老師由四月起,協助老師教學、提供教材、協辦活動、代課等。學校計劃於6月頭舉辦一個兒童戶外日,求神帶領這活動。我們仍需要更多老師,一同參與事奉。如果你願意來伊港或東倫敦與我們同作主工,教授中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

        長者團契最近到老人院探訪一位以前的團友,當中我們藉見證、讀經,一同分享,彼此安慰守望,堅固信心。

        文瀚繼續在伊港附近一個黑人區Airport Valley幫助數學輔導班,每週兩個下午,幫助一些中、小學生解決數學功課上的困難。這也是一個跨文化的服事,盼望盡上一點力量,求神使用。在復活節期間,向區內孩子分享復活節故事,藉著幾個記號(棕樹葉、錢幣、麵包、十字架、石頭等),幫助他們明白耶穌為我們受難及復活,願福音在他們中間得以傳開。

        我們要把握機會傳福音。有一天,一位媽媽帶著兩個兒子到訪我家。閒談中,得知兩個孩子從未聽聞聖誕節,也不明白其意義。我們就趁這機會向他們講解福音。其實,我們身邊仍有人未聽聞耶穌的故事。因此求主叫我們敏銳聖靈的提醒。

        為柏廉在香港的生活適應很好而感恩。他過去一個學期得了不錯的成續,課餘也熱心欖球運動,且被九龍欖球球會選為2018全年最佳球員,獲贈兩個獎杯。求神繼續帶領他的學習,並在屬靈上成長。

        今年5月8日南非將舉行總統大選,求神保守選舉過程順利,並這段時期的治安,能夠平穩過度。

        請為文瀚申請南非永久居留証(PR)一事祈禱,求神開路,讓申請成功,免除日後簽証續期的困難。

代禱事項:

  1. 為中文學校有老師短期協助而感恩,求神繼續使用這平台作為服事/傳揚福音的機會。
  2. 為上述家庭的兩個孩子能明白福音禱告。
  3. 為5月8日南非的總統選舉順利祈禱。
  4. 為未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。
  5. 為我們的孩子用心學習和他們的屬靈生命成長禱告。

主僕                 
文瀚、玉潔

東倫敦復活節聚餐

東倫敦復活節聚餐

長者團契探訪老人院前團友

長者團契探訪老人院前團友

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        感謝主,我們已經平安回到南非德班。工作匯報期間,除了工作報告外,我們也有機會與支持我們事工的教會和關心南非宣教的弟兄姐妹交流,給了我們很多的學習和激勵。首先我們要感恩的是各個教會堂會對南非事工的關心、代禱和支持,沒有因為時間的久遠而減少。見到我們美國的教會又拓展了一個分堂,我們和那裡的弟兄姐妹一起聚會,可以感受到他們有著一份動力,有著一份關心人、願意與人分享福音的熱誠。我想這個教會不斷發展的根基是在他們不斷成長的會眾。我們也有機會見到幾位已經退休的義務傳道人。雖然他們早已退休,但只要是主的事工,他們就熱切參加。他們還組織退休弟兄們成立禱告小組,為教會事工禱告,真是老當益壯。這些點點滴滴都給了我們很好的啓發和提醒。

        神保守看顧我們是及時無誤的。當你經歷過,就能了解神愛的長闊高深。特別是在緊急危難之中,在每分每秒都是很重要的時候。教會的楊弟兄是一位壽司師傅,三個月前的一個早上,他為新居後園做清理工作試用電鋸,一不小心鋸傷了右手掌,第一時間所想的就是:「糟了!完了!」因為妻子應已去工作,無法去醫院了;回神想到妻子今早因故遲延,尚未出門,還有救!能保存幾個手指還是好的。他們到達醫院時,剛好骨科的醫生可以開刀(雖然緊急,但南非的醫院通常都需要等待很久,以至影響治療),就為他動了手術。出事那天,我和教會另一對弟兄姐妹去探望他,他一直在感謝神的保守和安排,讓他能及時動手術,而且情況很樂觀。現在手指神經都通了,只有一個手指還需要再做一次手術。感謝主!祂不誤事!

        神安排照顧我們是超過我們所想所求的。教會中的阿梅姐妹一家一直生活拮据,她的先生一直都寄人籬下。他是一個憨厚老實的人,為了感謝他的老闆替他們申辦南非身份,不願過河折橋,對不起人,情願自己吃虧。於是,就委身他那份薪金不佳的工作,只求穏定。去年年中,阿梅姐妹告訴我們他們的老闆決定要退休,考慮將中餐外賣店轉手給他們,我們持續為這件事禱告,求主引領。他們的困難是兩個孩子現在讀中學,若他們無法接手外賣店,靠着打工恐怕無法繼續支付學費和生活費。神恩待他們,他們終於得以承接外賣店!因為外賣店是在城的另外一邊,有四十分鐘車程,他們必需搬去店的附近居住,而且要安排每天早午兩次接送兒子(女兒學校在店附近)。教會一位姐妹的住屋離他們外賣店約五分鐘,也剛巧要找房客,因為她的兒子和媳婦現在要常常往返中國,想找可靠的華人分租。神也感動一位住在他們兒子中學附近的慕道友願意開放家庭,平價出租房間給他們的兒子,並且免費每天接送他往學校。真是很完滿!阿梅姐妹一家為這買店過程中發生的事感恩不斷!神是奇妙的神!

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 為阿梅姐妹夫婦感謝神,他們同心決定店舖一切經營要誠實合法。請為他們禱告,求主引領他們的準備工作,也為他們預備會計師及廚房幫手。
  2. 感謝神,慕道友杰英已決志信主。已經安排為她受浸並學習真道的課程。請為她代禱,求主保守她的信心,引領她靈命繼續成長。
  3. 請為楊弟兄代禱,求主保守他的手能完全康復。
  4. 請為張弟兄患焦慮症的女兒代禱,今年是畢業年,她的壓力更大。求主安慰她,賜她寧靜的心情,也求藥物能發揮醫治療效。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一九年三月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        We thank God for bringing us back safely in Durban.  During our furlough, we not only reported on our ministry for the last term but also had wonderful sharing with brothers and sisters who are supporting God’s work in South Africa.  We were greatly refreshed and encouraged.  The caring, prayers and support from all the churches were no less than we first started 18 years ago.  We also shared at a newly-established sister church in the States.  Among the congregation was a sense of energy, a sense of genuine concern to reach out for the soul with the gospel.  We believe that church growth stems from the spiritual growth of the congregation.  We also had the opportunity to meet with a few retired ministers.  They still serve in the church voluntarily.  Some of them even rally among the retired brothers and sisters to form a prayer group to intercede for the church ministry.  They are living out a good example of faithful servants!

        God’s protection is always at perfect timing.  Only when you experienced it, you would not fathom the depth and width of God’s love for you; especially when it is so critical that even every minute counts.  Brother Yang is a Sushi chef.  One morning about three months ago, he tried to trim a tree branch with an electric saw.  With the slip of the hand, the saw cut across his right hand.  The first thought that came to his mind was, “Oh no!  I’m done!”  It was because his wife should have gone to work at this time, and no one could take him to the hospital right away; but then he remembered that she was still home due to some unexpected delay, and he called out to her.  He might be able to save some fingers after all!  When they arrived at the emergency room, there was, to their surprise, an orthopedic surgeon on duty who could operate on him right away (usually people had to wait for a long time to be attended to even in an emergency thus caused irreversible delay in treatment).  The operation was a great success.  Later that day, Ko-Ta and another couple visited him.  He was full of awe at how God had protected him and provided him with the best possible care.  At this moment, the nerves of all the fingers are working again.  He just needs another operation on one of the fingers.  Praise the Lord!  He is always right on time!

        God’s provision is always beyond our imagination.  Sister Mei and her family have been living from day to day because her husband is the sole breadwinner of the family but has been paid poorly.  It was due to the fact that his long-time boss had helped him and his family gain South African citizenship.  He is a simple and honest man; he does not want to be ungrateful by changing jobs or asking for any raise.  In the middle of last year, his boss was contemplating to retire and sell him the Chinese takeaway shop where he works as the chef.  We were all praying for them.  They were facing a difficult time as their two children just started secondary school, and the husband’s pay could no longer support their livelihood and the tuition.  The business would be a good solution.  Praise the Lord!  They finally got the business.  As the shop is located about a 40-minute drive from where they live, they needed to look for a new place that is closer to the shop.  They also had to find a way for their son to commute to school every day (his school is close to home, their daughter’s school is close to the shop).  At that time, a sister whose house is about a five-minute drive from their shop was looking for tenants.  Since her son and daughter-in-law had decided to spend most of their time back in China, she wanted to find reliable Chinese to occupy the detached house on her property.  God also moved the heart of a friend who lives very close to their son’s school to take him in for a very low rent as well as agreed to drop him off and pick him up from school for free.  Everything worked out perfectly!  The whole family was full of gratefulness at God’s hand in their lives!  Our God is wonderful!

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for Sister Mei. They had made a commitment to operate their new business honestly and legally.  Please pray for all the preparation in starting the new business and for them in finding a suitable auditor and a good employee.
  2. We praise the Lord for Sister Jie Ying who accepted Christ as her personal Savior. We have arranged for her to attend Basic Christianity classes and for her baptism.  Please pray for her continued faith and growth in the Lord.
  3. Please pray for complete recovery for Brother Yang.
  4. Please pray for Brother Zhang’s daughter. She is suffering from anxiety disorder, and this last year of high school causes more stress on her.  Please ask for comfort and peace from the Lord as well as effectiveness of her medication.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,中文學校順利在2月3日開學。也感謝神預備足夠老師,有一位年青人願意答應作教師,接替一位離開的老師。求神繼續使用這器皿,為主作見証,傳揚福音。我們仍需要更多老師,一同參與事奉。如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

        長者團契在春節一同聚餐,大家都很開心。他們人生經驗豐富,又有愛神的心,相信神的話語。在團契中,我們繼續學習神的話,互相激勵,互相代禱。

        在伊港有一個黑人非正式住宅區Airport Valley,居民住在簡陋的房屋,車子行走在泥地上。有一間本地教會Walmer Methodist在這社區派免費午餐(Soup Kitchen),做英文、數學功課輔導,環保換物服務(Swop Shop),以接觸區內兒童,向他們傳福音。文瀚最近參與他們的數學功課輔導班,每週一次,協助一些中、小學生解決功課上的問題,也是一個跨文化的學習,求神使用。

        柏謙2月開始在納爾遜曼德拉大學修讀文學士課程,經過一週的迎新活動,2月中正式上課,求神帶領他適應大學生活。

        我們在伊港認識了幾位做壽司的年青人,他們在超巿做簡單的壽司生意,工作時間長,晚上9時才下班,求神帶領福音工作。

        我們期望在3月底學校假期的日子,能到東倫敦繼續探訪佈道。東倫敦有兩個華人批發城,每個都有30多間店鋪,華人集中。這裡有不少兒童,每逢週末都在商場內流連,人數約有30,實在是一個很好的機會向他們傳福音。求神差派合適工人,或通過短宣隊的事奉,向這些兒童及家長們還福音的債。

        今年5月8日南非將舉行總統大選,求神保守選舉過程順利,並這段時期的治安,能夠平穩過度。

代禱事項:

  1. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,能使用這平台傳揚福音。
  2. 為各城巿的福音工作守望祈禱。
  3. 為5月8日南非的總統選舉祈禱。
  4. 為未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。
  5. 為孩子們用心聰明地學習和他們的屬靈生命成長禱告。
  6. 為我們的事工費不敷港幣20,744元祈禱,求神供應。

主僕                 
文瀚、玉潔

長者團契新年聚餐

長者團契新年聚餐

Walmer——黑人區功課輔導(英文班)

Walmer——黑人區功課輔導(英文班)

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

       在這年初感恩的日子中,向您們祝賀問好!在我們南非宣教的歲月中,神的恩典真是無時或缺,在此願與大家分享一二。

Born of Christ Church

       所謂「天有不測之風雲」,去年聖誕節的前幾天收到教會的Daniel牧師來電,得悉這間本地教會因不敵強風吹襲,整個鐵皮屋頂被吹起,其實教會屋頂的接口處早就露出很大的縫隙,所以每當下雨,雨水就從縫隙滴下,有時更要擺出「水桶陣」來盛接雨水,大家只能盼望雨季早點過去,不受困擾。

       然而,這次事發適逢聖誕節將至,很多修理工人都準備放假,無法在短期內運送建材和搶修,我們也擔心若在這段時間下雨,教會便不能聚會了。感謝主,有弟兄姊妹自告奮勇說要重新修整屋頂,最後找來一輛貨車,買了新的鐵皮,大家合力重蓋起來,就是連破了的玻璃窗也一併修好了。

屋頂被風吹起來

屋頂被風吹起來

屋頂修好後又可以照常聚會了

屋頂修好後又可以照常聚會了

破爛的講台蓋上一塊布,加上一點裝飾,煥然一新。

破爛的講台蓋上一塊布,加上一點裝飾,煥然一新。

紐卡索基督教會

       為了提升信徒重視家庭生活的樂趣,鞏固和諧家庭的關係,去年十二月底紐卡索基督教會舉辦了三日兩夜的家庭營會,參加者除了教會本身的信徒外,也有從其他城市來的弟兄姊妹。我們夫婦擔任講員,講題為「美滿家庭——祢,我,他」。

       在營會中,弟兄姊妹能真情剖白,有些更踩盡了心底的油門,把麈封的往事娓娓道來,想到神安排了一位與自己同甘共苦的配偶共度人生,有說不出的感恩,同時各夫婦也檢視彼此的溝通及情緒表達所產生的問題,祈願神賜福每一對夫婦,使能共建美好家園。

飯桌上,弟兄姊妹有美好的團契

飯桌上,弟兄姊妹有美好的團契

即場示範夫妻溝通之道

即場示範夫妻溝通之道

姊妹分享對營會的感受和得著

姊妹分享對營會的感受和得著

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代禱事項:

  1. 感謝神,約堡福音教會兒童主日學的孩子們大多數能按著教會提供的靈修材料,每天靈修祈禱。請為那些未能完成的孩子禱告,求神賜他們有積極追求的心,培養與神親近的習慣。
  2. 請為一些工作時間長又參與事奉的弟兄姊妹禱告,求主加力。
  3. 求神賜我們有美好的靈性,從聖經中得到更多亮光和啟發,又能按時分糧。
  4. 請記念我們的宣教經費,2019年1-2月結算不敷港幣31,500元,求主供應。

祝 身心靈健壯,主恩永伴!

國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎
2019年3月1日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,香港宣道會海怡堂吳師母與王姐妹去年11月8-13日探訪我們,並與我們一同探訪不同的家庭:包括長者,中文學校的家長和老師,並信徒的家庭。藉著個別探訪,增加了對華人的認識,了解他們的生活與困難;通過見証和個人佈道,向他們分享神的愛,盼望福音的種子進入他們心中。短宣期間參與不同的聚會,其中一次更開車到80公里外的許曼斯多普小鎮聚會,有與會者表示願意繼續參與這樣的聚會。求神繼續帶領,並讓南非宣教的異象繼續在香港教會的弟兄姊妹中傳開。

        中文學校結業禮順利在去年11月25日舉行,當天節目豐富:有幼兒班齊聲朗誦《小白免》,並表演認讀生字;有老師分享自己學習中文的心得和心路歷程,提醒同學要重視學習態度,大家聽得津津有味,十分認同;並有同學表演拉小提琴、讀《三字經》、彈奏鋼琴……一班同學更獻唱《紅河谷》給一位將要離開的老師。感謝主,中文學校已經順利經過4個學年,正正見証著上帝豐盛的恩典。從起初到現在,在各種困難中渡過,成為家長們所喜愛和支持的工作。求神繼續使用這器皿,為主作見証,並傳揚福音。我們仍需要更多老師,一同參與事奉。如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

        我們繼續定期到離伊港約300公里的東倫敦作佈道工作及舉行聚會。信徒漸漸樂於參與。東倫敦有兩個華人批發城,每個都有30多個店鋪,華人集中,而且有不少兒童,他們在週末流連在商場內,人數約有30,實在是一個很好的機會向他們傳福音。求神差派合適工人,或通過短宣隊的事奉,向這些兒童及家長們還福音的債。

        柏翹的簽証在去年11月順利批出。柏謙去年12月參加南非的高考,取得不錯的成續,可以順利進入Nelson Mandela University(即伊麗莎白港大學)為2019年文學士一年級學生,修讀美術設計。我們趁去年十二月假期回港,探訪家人,和支持柏廉在港的升學。求神繼續引導他們。

        我們在伊港有不少個人佈道的機會,經過多年的探訪,最近一些年青人有積極的回應,並開始思考信仰問題。請繼續為他們祈禱,求神的靈繼續工作,讓這些華人有聽福音的機會。

代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,全家的簽証已經順利批出。
  2. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,求主使用這平台傳揚福音。
  3. 為各城巿的福音工作守望祈禱。
  4. 為未信主家人的身心靈健康祈禱。
  5. 為孩子們能用心聰明地學習和他們的屬靈生命成長禱告。
  6. 為2018年1-12月,我們的事工費尚欠港幣30,250元祈禱,求神供應。

主僕                 
文瀚、玉潔

中文學校老師

中文學校老師

中文學校全體師生

中文學校全體師生

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

       每當我們想到非洲,腦海中很容易浮現出一片乾涸的土地和一群骨廋如柴,穿得骯髒破爛的貧困非裔黑人。

       路加福音十章25至37節記載了一個律法師來問耶穌:「誰是我的鄰舍呢?」耶穌跟著就述說了一個「為鄰之道」的故事,最後還敦促律法師說:「你去,照樣作吧!」我們相信神把我們和南非裔人民放在同一片土地上,活在同一個天空下,為要使我們互為鄰舍。

       11月17日我們和幾位弟兄姊妹帶著一些衣物、食物和日常用品,駕車到一個礦場的村莊。這個村莊住著的大都是失業人士,沿途有很多破爛的屋子。我們坐的汽車不算名貴,但停在這裡已顯得有點格格不入。一下車就看到一間用鐵皮搭蓋的屋子,玻璃窗都破了,後來才知道那是一間教堂,名為Born of Christ Church,教會的Daniel牧師告訴我們;每主日約有六十多位肢體在這裡敬拜神。

       甫進教堂,已有一群弟兄姊妹等著我們一起聚會,Daniel牧師以禱告開始,然後我們輪流用簡短的信息鼓勵他們,在困境中靠著神的恩典逆流而上。最後會眾以一首「We have to come and glorify God」(我們要來榮耀神)作結束。

       沿路折返,車子漸漸駛離這個貧乏的村莊,回到繁華的城市。想到貧窮奪去了人基本的生活需要,如食不果腹,無處安身等等,但貧窮本身並不叫人羞恥,羞恥的是我們選擇忽視,就像聖經裡的祭司和利未人一樣,他們都遇見了,但都「從那邊過去了」。(路十31-32)

Born of Christ教會外貌

Born of Christ教會外貌

詠湘分享信息

詠湘分享信息

Born of Christ教會信徒合唱

Born of Christ教會信徒合唱

與弟兄姊妹合照

與弟兄姊妹合照

1. 懇請大家為我們和我們的服事團隊禱告,求神幫助我們常存一顆火熱的心,走進這些在狹縫中掙扎的人群,聆聽他們,堅固他們,與他們同行。
2. 我們每月在約堡福音教會為Born of Christ Church 籌募經費,購買物資,求主供應一切所需。
3. 我們將會在12月25日前往Born of Christ Church與孩子們慶祝聖誕節,求主使用我們,把基督的愛帶給小孩子。
4. 12月29-31日前往紐卡索基督教會主領一個家庭退修營,求神賜我們有美好的信息,可以造就弟兄姊妹。

  執筆之時,已進入將臨期,很快就是聖誕節了,主耶穌的降臨為人類帶來極重大的意義,願在這個普天同慶的日子中,主的平安喜樂常與您們同在,以馬內利!

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國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,這次申請簽証過程順利,比上次快很多,文瀚的工作簽証順利延期五年,玉潔和柏謙的簽証也順利批出,現在仍在等候柏翹的簽証,深信也會很快批出。

        我們趁10月初學校假期,到東倫敦探訪和聚會。聚會中我們一同敬拜神,並藉此機會認識更多當地華人。求神繼續作工,把人帶到神的面前。

        中秋節是中國人很重視的傳統節日,中文學校在9月23日順利舉行了慶祝會。我們首先唱詩<這一生最美的祝福>,接著有老師說「月餅的故事」。這次慶祝會有各班同學各式各樣的表演,包括:朗誦古詩和新詩、唱歌、鋼琴演奏、猜謎語、跳舞表演,節目豐富,還有聚餐,藉節日氣氛,團聚華人,一同過節。此外,活動亦提升了同學們的華語表達能力和發揮同學的才華,家長們津津樂道,建立更多友誼。求主繼續使用中文學校這平台,傳揚福音。

        參與中文學校的教學工作,需要有關愛兒童的心,在教學過程中,也漸漸使我們變得像孩子一樣的單純。事實上,和孩子們溝通,有很多樂趣。有老師表示,來中文學校教課是她一週最期待的一件事。每週孩子們在此學習中文之外,也是一個歡樂的時光。我們仍然期待你的參與,如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

        我們繼續在微信平台上讀經和查經,讓信徒更靠近神,也藉各種方法、探訪等來傳揚福音。很高興在11月8-13日有香港宣道會海怡堂教牧領袖探訪我們,求神帶領他們的行程、各樣的服事、適應氣候、有活潑的靈命,一同守望南非宣教工作。

        在孩子的學習上,謝謝你們的支持與關心。大兒子柏廉已於九月在香港大學專業進修學院(HKU SPACE)修讀副學士學位(刑事司法及執法),希望他努力以赴,爭取優秀成績。另外,二兒子柏謙已被Nelson Mandela University(即伊麗莎白港大學)暫取為2019年文學士一年級學生,修讀美術設計。等待2018年12月高考(Matric Exams)成績結果後,將可以正式在明年1月入學。三女柏翹明年進入中學最後一年,預備考大學入學試。求天父引導他們的升學,在主裡面繼續成長,更在屬靈的家中長進。

        世界各地都在動盪中,南非土地改革正在討論中,各地戰爭未停,海嘯、巨風、地震,越來越清楚告訴我們,主再來的日子近了。「耶和華啊!錫安聽見你的判斷就歡喜,猶大的各城也都快樂。」(詩篇97:8)神的審判快到,求主叫我們警醒,快快傳揚永生的福音,宣揚主名。在宣教的過程中,禱告是十分重要。更需要你們在後方不斷用禱告來支持我們,托住我們的事奉。

代禱事項:

  1. 繼續為我們全家的簽証續期順利祈禱。
  2. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,使用這平台傳揚福音。
  3. 為各城巿的福音工作守望祈禱。
  4. 為未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。
  5. 為孩子們用心聰明地學習和他們的屬靈生命成長禱告,求主供應柏廉在香港專上教育的學費,一學年港幣57,000元。

 

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文瀚、玉潔

中文學校成人班結業

中文學校成人班結業

中秋節學前班同學唱歌——小星星

中秋節學前班同學唱歌——小星星

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        感謝主,上次請大家為受劫的慕道友梁先生代禱。前幾個星期去探望他們,發現他們已經不再焦慮了,生活恢復正常。神也在他們心中動工,那天他們主動提出許多信仰的問題,也要了解基督教的歷史和發展。我們談得很愉快,還一起共進午餐。請繼續為他們信主代禱。梁先生對長期在南非做生意已經有所保留。許多在南非做生意的華人都抱著這種觀望的心態,一方面是南非幣值下跌,另一方面是執政黨準備推動土地無償回收的政策,可能引來人民的對立和農業生產的問題。請為南非的執政黨和領袖代禱,使他們能秉公行義。

        在返台探親時有機會與幾位已從南非返回台灣的弟兄姐妹相聚,發現他們的經歷都很相似。雖然返回故居,但仍然需要被關注和照顧,他們需要時間適應新的生活,很容易和教會脫節。我們知道有一對弟兄姐妹返回台灣三年之後,才找到一間適合的教會。他們在南非信主、成長,所以,不習慣台灣當地的教會,不容易融入,就没有歸屬感,容易流失。一位姐妹一直找不著合適的教會,還好我們和她一直有聯絡,雖然是遠距離,再次相見依然親切。她正面臨一個人生的難題,我們給她建議,鼓勵她,勸慰她並和她一起禱告。她確實的知道她並不孤單,神差遣不同的人來幫助她。看見她堅定的眼神,我們真是為她感謝神。我們和另一位老姐妹同進晚餐時,她將她對孩子的家庭問題的擔憂和我們分享,我們一起為她和她的孩子代求,她很得安慰。我們繼續和她聯繫,為她代禱。感謝主,使用我們帶給他們安慰和關懷,我想這些遠程的教會會友在他們過渡的時期也是我們服事的對象。願主保守這些在南非信主和成長的弟兄姐妹,願他們早日適應台灣的新生活。

        無論是在哪裡,信徒所面臨的人生問題都差不多。有一對年長的夫妻最近有了爭執,多年來忙着經營生意和顧養孩子,都相安無事;但是,退休加上空巢卻給他們帶來了挑戰,多年夫妻竟然變成生活步伐不一樣的兩個人。一方停止來聚會,也不接受探訪。我們只能安慰另一方,和她一起禱告。感謝主!現在他們夫妻的關係改善了許多,能彼此交流、關心照顧,還能一起去探望子女。另一對年輕夫婦平時很恩愛,但是一吵起來,就收不了場。所爭吵的事,本來就是兩個不同觀點的小問題,吵到其中一方都回不了家。另一個家庭父母和成年的孩子有矛盾,兩代關係緊張,同住在一起,教導、輔導、探訪和關心都做了。但是,事情没有改變。所能做的就是繼續為他們祈求,求主改變他們,叫他們願意放下自己,順服神。求主賜我們智慧和愛心去繼續關顧在人生不同階段的人。

        時間真快,又到了工作匯報的時間。我們這次工作匯報的行程如下:美國——2018/11/29-2019/1/23;台灣——2019/1/24-2019/2/7;香港——2019/2/8-2019/2/18。期盼能再一次見到您,當面感謝您為我們和事工的代禱,並分享過去三年我們的事工及經歷,為神奇妙的作為一同感恩。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 感謝神聽禱告,賜下豐盛的雨水,今年南非西開普敦省的水庫存水已無匱乏。
  2. 請繼續為梁姓慕道友夫婦信主禱告,求主開啟他們尋求真理的心。求主賜良好機會給我們引導他們。
  3. 請為教會中關係有困難的夫妻代禱。求主軟化他們的心,看見自己的虧欠,願意先改變自己。願意順服神、饒恕人。
  4. 為在南非信主和成長,現在返回台灣的弟兄姐妹早日適應生活,繼續在主裡成長代禱。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一八年十月

 

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Thank God for His mercy.  We visited Mr. and Mrs. Liang , the couple who were robbed, a few weeks ago and found that their lives are back to normal.  They are feeling more relaxed and not so worried and afraid.  God obviously has been working in their hearts.  They initiated many topics regarding Christianity, its origin, history and development over the centuries.  We had a very good exchange and parted after lunch.  Please continue to pray for their salvation.  Due to the general economic downturn, deflation of the South African currency, the government’s plan to grab land without compensation and the possible resulting unrest, they are not sure if they want to continue doing business in South Africa.  This is actually the current attitude of the Chinese business community.  Please pray for South Africa’s ruling party and its leaders that they will uphold justice for the good of the country.

        We were in Taiwan visiting families during the first half of the month.  We also met with some brothers and sisters who returned to Taiwan from South Africa.  They have a common experience of readjustment difficulty, especially in finding a home church.  One couple took three years to finally settle down in a church.  Most of them accepted Christ in South Africa and got used to the church life in South Africa.  They face a different “culture” in Taiwan and find it hard to have a sense of belonging.  This creates a danger of not attending church and wandering on their own.  One sister is in this situation, and she is also facing a family crisis.  We were able to encourage her, gave her our advice and prayed with her.  She then realized that she is not alone; God had sent different people to come to her aid at many critical times.  By looking at the sparkles in her eyes, we were grateful for the enduring love of our Lord!  One older sister shared with us the marriage problem of one of her sons.  We comforted her and prayed with her, and she was consoled.  We thank God for giving us the opportunities to help them during their transition period.  We trust that our Lord will continue to protect and guide them.

        People face different life issues at different points of their lives, Christians are no exceptions.  One older couple in our church has been struggling lately.  They worked hard in their business all their lives and brought up their two children.  Now they are retired and facing an empty nest.  They started to drift apart.  The husband even stopped coming to church and refused to be visited.  We continue to stay by the side of the wife and pray with her.  Thank God!  Their relationship has been improving, and they now plan on visiting their children’s families together.  Another young couple recently was in a fight for some small matters, but it soon escalated to an uncontrollable level.  The husband was locked out of their home.  Another family experienced great conflicts between the parents and their grown son who is still living at home.  We did everything we could to visit and counsel to no avail.  All left to be done is to continue praying for them!  May the Lord change their hearts to examine themselves, to submit to God and make amends.  Please pray for us that we have wisdom from above to serve people during the different phases of their lives.

        It is time again for our furlough.  Here is our schedule:  US:2018/11/29 – 2019/1/23; Taiwan:2019/1/24 – 2019/2/7; Hong Kong:2019/2/8 – 2019/2/18.  Hope to see you again to personally extend our gratitude for your support, and at the same time, share with you our ministry and experience of God’s wonderful work for the past three years.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God for the abundant rain in Cape Town. We are now out of our water crisis.
  2. Please continue to pray for the salvation of Mr. and Mrs. Liang. May the Lord continue to guide them in their search for truth and grant us opportunities to lead them to Christ.
  3. Please pray for those who are experiencing marriage and family problems in our church.
  4. Please pray for those who had returned to Taiwan from South Africa that they can readjust to their new living environment and continue to grow in the Lord.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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